- Women's Health
How To Cope With Irregular Periods
For women with irregular periods, not knowing when your period will arrive can make life very miserable. On top of this, irregular periods can be heavy and long-lasting. In other cases, you may have very few periods or they may not arrive at all. Fortunately, you do not have to suffer in silence when it comes to irregular periods as they can be effectively treated.
If your periods suddenly become irregular, it is worth scheduling an appointment with a healthcare practitioner to make sure that there are no underlying medical reasons behind the changes. For example, it could be a sign of fibroids or ovarian cysts if your periods suddenly become much heavier. Likewise, if your periods suddenly become much lighter, a full blood count can indicate whether you are suffering from anemia (iron deficiency). A pelvic examination or ultrasound scan can reveal any abnormalities that may be causing or contributing towards irregular periods.
Making changes to your lifestyle can be a simple way to deal with irregular periods if there is no medical reason behind the irregularity. Stress can be a major factor behind irregular periods, so taking steps to reduce this can go a long way towards regulating your menstrual cycle. Nutritional supplements that contain evening primrose oil can be useful for regulating your hormones, and this can in turn have a positive effect your menstrual cycle.
Oral contraceptive pills are often prescribed for irregular periods as they help to regulate the menstrual cycle. They work by preventing the release of an egg so that it cannot be fertilized. Under normal circumstances, a period will happen because the lining of the womb has been shed if an egg is not fertilized and needs to leave the body. As taking oral contraceptives means that this egg is never released and the lining of the womb is not shed, this alters your natural menstrual cycle. This makes them an ideal option for women with irregular periods as it can artificially change the body's hormone levels to encourage regular periods. In addition, taking contraceptive pills will often mean that your periods are lighter than they would normally be. As you will not bleed straight away during the monthly break, you may also find that your periods are shorter than before. It is likely that you will be prescribed the types of contraceptive pills that are taken for three out of every four weeks (with a week's break on the remaining week to have a "bleed").